2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Schindler’s List which did much to awaken public consciousness of the role of the rescuer in the Holocaust. Recent exhibitions on the theme of ‘rescue’ at the Imperial War Museum and Wiener Library have highlighted the continuing interest in the subject.
But what did ‘rescue’ consist of? What forms did it take? Is it necessarily an indicator of the perseverance of morality and humanity over evil? To what extent was the rescue of Jews discussed or ignored in Allied nations and in their Jewish communities?
These questions will be addressed by John Dobai, rescued as a child in Budapest, and by scholars Bob Moore and Tony Kushner who, respectively, will explore ‘Jewish Self-help and Gentile rescuers in Western Europe’ and ‘The role of Anglo-Jewry in the rescue (or non-rescue) of European Jews’.
In an age of populism and nationalism it is more important than ever to understand the connections between antisemitism and other forms of racialization.Professor David Feldman, Director